Melanie S. Schafer

Melanie S. Schafer

As an Associate of the Medicare Compliance Group at Burns White, Melanie S. Schafer’s practice focuses on the resolution of Medicare compliance issues that arise in the settlement of workers’ compensation and general liability claims.

Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. Schafer worked as a consulting attorney concentrating on Medicare compliance issues in institutional settings. She also handled liability claims for insurance company clients as an Associate at an insurance defense firm in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Schafer received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012. While at the university, she was a Dean’s Scholar and member of the Health Law Society. In addition, she served as a Certified Legal Intern in the Low Income Tax Clinic, worked with Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services and participated in the JHF Jonas Salk Medical Ethics Fellowship. Rounding out her education, she earned an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 2012, an M.A.T. in English Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, and a B.F.A. in Classical Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Ms. Schafer is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit.

Areas of Law

  • Medicare Compliance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Litigation


  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 2012)
  • University of Michigan (M.A., 2012)
  • University of Pittsburgh (M.A.T., 2004)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A., 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Resonance Works Pittsburgh
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2014
  • Chair, Finance Committee, 2014

News & Updates

In her free time, Ms. Schafer enjoys music, writing, cooking, sewing, yoga and home improvement. She plays six instruments and used to sing opera. (She still sings the odd aria in the kitchen when she’s baking.) To date, Ms. Schafer has written several long novels, though she has no intent to publish them. She just enjoys stories and language and likes to indulge her interest in both, which may stem from her lifelong interest in the theater. Ms. Schafer used to design and costume productions and still sews for her nieces and nephews or for her house, which is her biggest project to date. She lives in a 1930s foursquare, which she and her husband have been restoring since they purchased it three years ago. In that time, she has learned to hang drywall, lay tile, plumb the basement, and is embarking on a furniture building and reupholstering project to bring everything all together.


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Burns White Center
48 26th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



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